With summer on the way and temperatures already starting to rise, we are all looking for ways to keep our cooling costs as low as possible. It’s a fact of life living in the desert: having an efficiently running a/c unit is a necessity.
The US Department of Energy cites that heating and air conditioning your home accounts for almost 50% of the energy use in a typical US home, making it the largest energy expense for most homeowners. In fact, it costs US homeowners $11 billion every year just to run their air conditioners.
Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to reduce high energy bills. Here are 5 tips to keep cooling costs down:
- Replace your old, inefficient HVAC unit. John’s offers no- to low-interest financing on new a/c units.
- Regularly clean or replace your air filters (ideally, once a month) to improve the efficiency and life of your unit. John’s offers a filter service where we bring out a year’s worth of filters so you don’t have to remember to buy them.
- Air conditioners make us feel cooler by reducing the amount of moisture in the air. Living in the Arizona desert, though, means we often need to add humidity. John’s can help you determine the right amount so you feel comfortable in your home.
- Simply running fans in the rooms where people gather is an inexpensive way to keep cooling costs low. Ceiling fans should be turning in a counterclockwise rotation during the summer. And fans don’t work on empty rooms, so turn fans off (just as you should be doing with lights) when a room is unoccupied.
- Shading your home from the brutal sun’s rays is very important to keeping your house cooler. Plant trees on the east, south, and west sides of your house, if possible. Replacing bug screens with shade screens on all your windows help a lot, too.
John’s has NATE–certified technicians that offer you solutions to the many problems homeowners face when dealing with cooling your home. Just Call John’s to find out how we can help you.